Monday, December 14, 2015

New York Times: Most California Sex Offender Parolees Exempt From Ban

How the CA-RSOL likes to see itself.
Mod: This is a follow-up on a topic we have discussed here in the past. Apparently the court victory for an organization called California Reform Sex Offender Laws (link), a controversial group dedicated to "restoring the civil rights" of convicted sex offenders, was far more sweeping than first predicted by those claiming to be experts on this topic. The 70% of Californians who voted in favor of putting Jessica's Law on the books having effectively had their ballots voided by the CA Supreme Court

Here is the result of that decision.

Most Sex Offender Parolees Exempt From Ban (New York Times) Three-quarters of California's paroled sex offenders previously banned from living near parks, schools and other places where children congregate now face no housing restrictions after the state changed its policy in response to a court ruling that said the prohibition only applies to child molesters, according to data compiled at the request of The Associated Press.

The rate is far higher than officials initially predicted. The state expected half of the 5,900 parolees would have restrictions on where they can live or sleep lifted when the corrections department changed its policy following the March ruling. Instead, data shows that 76 percent of offenders no longer are subject to the voter-approved restrictions.

Corrections officials said last spring that about half of the convicted sex offenders are considered child molesters who would still be subject to the housing ban.

But even some whose offense involved a child no longer face the 2,000-foot residency restriction, officials disclosed in explaining the higher number. That's because the department's new policy requires a direct connection between where a parolee lives and the offender's crime or potential to reoffend. Only rarely is the assailant a stranger to the victim, the type of offender whose behavior might be affected by where he lives.

"A parole agent cannot simply prevent a parolee from living near a school or park because the offender committed a crime against a child," Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Jeffrey Callison said in a statement.

The decision largely reverses a blanket housing ban imposed by California voters nine years ago. Many states impose a variety of residency restrictions on sex offenders, though states including Iowa, Georgia and Oklahoma rescinded or changed their residency restrictions and some now also tailor restrictions to individual sex offenders.

As a result of California's policy change, more than 4,200 of the state's 5,900 offenders no longer qualify for the residency restrictions, according to data compiled by the corrections department at the AP's request. However, their whereabouts still are monitored with tracking devices and they must still tell local law enforcement agencies where they live.

One in five sex offenders who used to be transient have been able to find permanent housing because they are no longer subject to the rule, the department said.

"These numbers are absolutely astounding," said state Sen. Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster, who co-authored the original ballot initiative. "Kids in kindergarten living across the street from a sex offender is not what the people voted for in Jessica's Law. Seventy percent of the people voted to keep them away from schools and parks."

The rest of this article can be read here.

Mod: So you know, CA-RSOL has been fighting city ordinances that restrict where sex offenders may live or go for years. Here is an article that details their victory in Sierra Madre two years ago (link).


Mod: In retrospect I'm not sure they had much of a choice. The identity of the Sierra Madre "registered citizen" referred to here has never been confirmed. 

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23 comments:

  1. I'm not sure this is what Martin Luther King had in mind when he was leading the civil rights movement.

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    1. Those rights are guaranteed by the constitution. King has nothing to do with it.

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    2. Child molesting is a Constitutionally guaranteed right? Can you explain that a little? My credulity is stretched a little beyond the point of disbelief.

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    3. The rights of convicted sex predators such as child molesters? Yeah, sure.

      The words sick and twisted come to mind when describing people who support letting these convicts live near schools and parks.

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    4. I agree. The law no longer protects the most vulnerable.

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  2. I suggest you turn your attention to California & Federal Supreme Court justices instead what were they thinking went they made their rulings..

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    1. I'm pretty sure that was the point of the article.

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    2. Gotta love the CA Supreme Court. They do like to overturn the votes of the people.

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    3. I think they hear voices.

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  3. Where CA RSOL meets.
    "The next CA RSOL meeting in Los Angeles will take place on July 26 at 10 am, at the usual location – the ACLU building at 1313 W. 8th Street in Los Angeles."

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  4. Our two most famous offenders are Robert W. Matheson, Liliano Drive, a child pornography devotee who served time for it in Canada, and A West, on Mira Monte.
    Keep your children close.

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    1. Does anyone know who the other 2 sex offenders in town are?

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    2. You can keep up about current criminals in residence thanks to Megan's law.
      meganslaw.ca.gov
      There are 3 listed:
      A West
      Goodman, Matan
      Graham, James

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    3. You can stay up to date on the criminals living here by going onto meganslaw.ca.gov

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    4. Then where the H is Matheson?

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    5. City Hall gave him a pass. My guess is he has pictures.

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  5. It's very hard to talk about this without hatred for these sick criminals, but the point their lawyers make is that there are differences between them.
    Some are evil, the pervs who go after kids, and some are idiots, the 18 year old who gets into a relationship with a 17 year old.
    Looks like that is what the judges listened to, so it's up to us to keep the community aware.

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    1. This really is an important point. In what I assume was a sincere effort to protect our kids in the first place, the CA Legislature became exceedingly trigger-happy with sexual offender registration. Grouping the "I thought she was 18" defendants with very dangerous pedophiles has actually made us less safe. It became impossible to enforce the rules against all of them, so now the rules apply to none of them.

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  6. Who's the Real Victim has become a popular American pastime.

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    1. We The People are the victims.
      And these nuts who advocate freedom for convicted pedophiles will be screaming the next time one of the pedophiles gets the crap kicked out of him when he's caught by a parent.
      Blame the victim child, right!

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    2. Lawyers will do anything for money.

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